Designer Thierry Dreyfus expands his creative repertoire into the artistic interiors space with the release of his recent project ‘The Art of Light’ an exhibition at New York’s Atelier Courbet. The large-scale light installations are the sum of material – and light – drawn from the quiet introspective thoughts of the artist.
The exhibition includes new projects and previous works which culminates into a retrospection of Dreyfus’s body of work much of which has never been shown outside of his own studio.
For example, the now iconic design of the ‘Hommage’ table by Dreyfus sits at the gallery’s center, surrounded by smaller lamps and objets d’art.
Four ‘Virgule’ lamps – each made with a different materials – point to the subtle relationship between light and material, and the Brâncuși-esque ‘Lamp B’ seems as much of a sculpture as it is a lighting fixture.
The exhibition at Atelier Courbet also includes a pair of sconces Drefyus created for an uptown New York project titled, ‘Lamp 52nd’, that mimic the building’s form and diffuse light through translucent marble panels.
Many of the objects Drefyus included in ‘The Art of Light’ were not initiated through a design commission, but rather out of volition of curiosity about beauty and form.
‘Every evening, I stand in front of the mirror to brush my teeth, and I always ask myself, “Did I really live today?,”‘ he says, citing his drive to discover new ways of finding beauty. ‘I need to experience beauty every day.’